Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2

Here’s our concise review of the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 wide-angle prime lens…

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2

This Micro Four Thirds Olympus prime is a great option for those looking to save weight, coming in at a dainty 130g. Its metal build quality feels very sturdy and the 11 elements in eight groups offer aspherical and ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) elements, which keep chromatic aberration to a bare minimum.

The 35mm equivalent 24mm focal length gives this lens a wide variety of uses, from landscape to travel or documentary, meaning you get a lot of bang for your buck. Thanks to its prime construction, it displays a formidable level of central sharpness, even when wide-open, while the corners catch up from f/4 to return truly stunning results.

Although distortion is expected with wide-angle lenses, the Olympus does a great job of handling it, even at the edges where it’s barely noticeable. It also does a great job combating flare, chromatic aberration and vignetting, which is truly impressive considering the wide aperture on offer. It also accepts 56mm ND filters.

Find out more at the Olympus website.

Pros
Very lightweight
Wide aperture
Sharp

Cons
Fixed length
No IS
No lens hood

Spec
Max aperture: f/2
Min aperture: f/22
Min focus: 20cm
Elements/groups: 11/8
DxL: 56x43mm
Weight: 130g